Blog tour: ‘I always Wanted One,’ by Olivier Tallec.

Today I’m bringing you a charming tale of a boy and his dog. Or rather, a dog and his boy…

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This brilliant and totally charming tale is cleverly told from the flipped perspective of a ‘pet’ dog.

The story begins on Christmas Day when boy and dog first meet. It’s love at first sight and from there, their friendship blossoms.

“I always wanted one.
So, that morning, when I saw him there,
I could not believe my eyes.”

Dog sets about trying to train his new human companion but he has some very strange habits: he doesn’t like dry food, won’t sleep out in the garden and is obsessed with throwing a stick for hours on end!

The ending of this story will warm the heart of any reader, particularly those with a beloved family dog. It’s blend of humour and clever observation makes for a timeless story about the bond between boy and dog.

As a teacher, I could see this being used as an excellent prompt for story writing . How would the story differ if it were told from another animal’s perspective? Maybe a cat, or a performing walrus, or a slithery pet snake? The possibilities are endless!

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Quarto Publishing for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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